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Opioid addiction can occur due to various factors, such as genetic predisposition, environmental factors, or chronic pain management. Opioids act on the brain’s reward system and can cause intense feelings of pleasure and euphoria. With continued use, the brain becomes desensitized to the drug’s effects, leading to tolerance and dependence. As the brain becomes more dependent on opioids, a person may experience withdrawal symptoms if they try to stop or reduce their use, which can lead to cravings and compulsive drug-seeking behavior. Over time, opioid addiction can cause significant harm to a person’s physical and mental health, social life, and overall well-being.